Guest of Honour

Claire Burton Chief Executive Officer, Standards and Testing Agency, Department for Education

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Overview
The Government’s response to the primary schools assessment consultation this September, welcomed many of the recommendations made. Taking place a year on from the Education Select Committee report on primary assessment, which urged the Government to lower the stakes in primary assessment, this forum will provide attendees with an overview of the roadmap for reform and consider challenges and opportunities for implementation. The platform will so too examine core issues in balancing and redressing differing priorities, from measuring pupil progress, preparing pupils to succeed in their school careers and accountability matters.

Primary Assessment Reform – Accountability, Trust and Measuring Pupil Progress

Attendees will examine the roadmap for reform laid out by the Government and assess future priorities for primary assessment before implementation. Delegates will discuss and debate proposals including the introduction of teacher-mediated assessment in reception from 2020 and developing a standardised statutory baseline assessment to ensure a fair and accurate reflection of pupil progress; options for improving the early years foundation stage profile; and making key stage 1 tests and teacher assessments non-statutory from 2023.

Support in the Transition – Best Practice in Implementing Assessment Reform

Time will be allocated to providing practical advice and guidance in developing a high quality internal assessment system, including Ofqual’s considerations for building a valid, high quality and reliable system. Attendees will also consider how best to prepare for reform in primary assessment, how staff and resources might be reallocated in the transition to statutory baseline assessments and the removal of statutory key stage 1 SATSs.

Implementing Recommendations from the Rochford Review– Supporting Pupils Working Below Expected Standard and Ensuring Fairness in SEND Assessment

Delegates will also discuss practical steps that can be taken to ensure the changes introduced are effective in assessing and meeting the bespoke needs of SEND pupils and pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum. Discussions will also focus on the recommendations of the Rochford Review, which include the removal of the statutory requirement to assess pupils with SEND who are working below the standard using performance scales.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Networking and Refreshments

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:45
Primary Assessment Reform - Where we are today and building a healthy primary assessment system for the future

 
  • The consultations, the Government’s response and its implications
  • Being clear on the aims of the changes introduced and pathways ahead for schools and teachers


Speakers

Claire Burton Chief Executive Officer, Standards and Testing Agency, Department for Education

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09:45 - 10:55
Primary Assessment Reform – Accountability, Trust and Measuring Pupil Progress

 
  • How can the Early Learning Goals (ELS) which constitute the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) be better aligned with the reception baseline that is to be introduced?
  • How can the new baseline measure that is to be introduced avoid shifting high stakes to the reception phase?
  • What do teachers and reception staff need to consider in regards to content, format and usage of the reception baseline assessment?
  • What considerations ought the Government consider in providing guidance to help improve the way writing is assessed?
  • What can be done to ensure the writing assessment instils creativity and composition amongst pupil from its early roll out this academic year?
  • How will teachers have more scope to use their own professional judgement in assessing pupil performance?
  • Do the changes introduces effectively address concerns surrounding high-stakes, teaching to the test and narrowing of the curriculum?


10:55 - 11:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

11:00 - 11:20
Networking and Refreshment Break

 

11:20 - 11:25
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

11:25 - 12:10
Support in the Transition – Best Practice in Implementing Assessment Reform

 
  • Bearing in mind the positive role teaching assessments can have in providing rounded judgements on pupil performance, how can this continue to be nurtured within internal school systems?
  • What support can be provided to schools to ensure ongoing teaching performance that takes places in the classroom to help pupil performance is nourished?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of life after levels and how will this be factored into better preparation for the upcoming changes to the assessment system?
  • Advice and guidance in developing high quality assessment systems internally.
  • Discussing and ensuring Ofqual’s considerations for building a valid, high quality and reliable assessment system.


12:10 - 12:55
Implementing Recommendations from the Rochford Review– Supporting Pupils Working Below Expected Standard and Ensuring Fairness in SEND Assessment

 
  • Do the changes introduced go far enough in accurately assessing and meeting the bespoke needs of SEND pupils and pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum?
  • How can schools ensure they are not employing an overly conservative approach in choosing pupils that are put forward for subject specific learning?
  • Are concerns raised regarding excessive subjectivity in selection of pupils for the assessment criteria employed valid?
  • How can such concerns be avoided through an internal school threshold criterion?
  • How can the reformed structure ensure that the focus on cognition and learning for pupils not engaged in subject specific learning does not overlook the areas identified in the SEND code of practise?
  • How can the pilots that will assess pupils that are not engaged currently in subject specific learning from 2017 and 2018 help pupils move towards subject specific learning? How realistic is the existing framework for assessment in achieving this?
  • If the pilots do become a permanent measure across the primary phase, what supporting measures are required for schools in meeting the needs of SEND pupils?


12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

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Claire Burton Chief Executive Officer, Standards and Testing Agency, Department for Education

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Central London


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